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Innovation Excellence Manager

Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods

Springdale, AR, USA
Posted on Saturday, June 29, 2024

Job Details:

To feed a changing world, it takes an incredible team. From the cutting board to the board room, every Tyson Foods team member plays an important role in our success. That’s where you come in. We are searching for an Innovation Excellence Manager role.

Setting the table for your success:

At Tyson Foods, our team members’ health and wellness is very important to us. We believe in helping our team members thrive inside and outside of the workplace. That’s why we’re committed to providing a holistic benefits package that provides support for you and your family.

We invest in our team members and their success by providing resources like BENEFITS ON DAY ONE OF EMPLOYMENT and FREE EDUCATION!

Benefits include: medical/Rx, dental, and vision coverage; 9 paid holidays; paid vacation upon hire; 401(k) with employer match; stock purchase program; and product purchase program. We also offer CAREER GROWTH and much more!

Summary: The Manager Innovation Excellence will support the retail go-to-market strategy and launch preparation for all retail branded short and long-term innovation launches.

This individual will represent the customer perspective throughout new product development and Stage Gate Process on both core renovation and platform development. This individual will also support the customer sell-in process by creating critical sales materials including gathering consumer/shopper insights and category data to help build a cohesive sell-in story. Once products are in-market this person will collaborate on a post-mortem analysis of each launch and work cross-functionally to communicate and seek launch process improvement.

Responsibilities include:

  • Provide strategic insight throughout the innovation go to market process and communicate with teams on changing market dynamics and customer requirements.
  • Maintain the in-year pipeline log via project meeting attendance and maintenance of the new item summary report; ensure all items are set up for tracking and analysis with sales communication and category management.
  • Analyze customer reset and new item presentation timing against Tyson launch windows including managing the New Item Authorization Tracker and communicating with field teams as needed to gather insights.
  • Support all facets of the innovation development and launch process including creating sales support materials and sell story.
  • Collaborate with innovation partners to develop sell sheets and where applicable packaging flats or POS for all new item launches across channels.
  • Support procurement process for new item samples and sales materials; work closely with AisleLogic and AIT third party fulfillment partners.
  • Maintain internal online sales materials and publish timely updates to the field.
  • Collaborate with IRI and Nielsen partners to set-up new items within the syndicated databases.
  • Communicate new item performance in-market for the first year of launch
  • Support innovation deliverables; presentation development, samples, etc for key customer meetings; communicate with cross-functional leadership teams on innovation details initiatives.
  • Interact cross-functionally with Insights, Innovation, Brand, Project Management, Customer Management, Shopper Insights, Category Leadership, Space Planning Assortment, Supply Chain, and Finance


  • Education: Bachelor's Degree required
  • Experience: 5 plus years relevant CPG experience in Innovation, Customer, Trade Marketing, Sales and/or Category Management
  • Special Skills: Ability to analyze syndicated data and provide insights
  • Communication: Strategic influencing and communication skills
  • Computer skills: Intermediate to Advanced skills in Microsoft Office.
  • Travel: Minimal

Relocation Assistance Eligible:


Work Shift:

1ST SHIFT (United States of America)

Hourly Applicants ONLY -You must complete the task after submitting your application to provide additional information to be considered for employment.

Tyson is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, national origin, color, religion, age, genetics, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or veteran status.

We provide our team members and their families with paid time off; 401(k) plans; affordable health, life, dental, vision and prescription drug benefits; and more.

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